Top 10 Favorite Motorcycle Things to be Thankful For
Father's Day Edition
6. Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini
Before Valentino, my 500cc GP heroes were larger than life and too big and serious for their britches; they all went down in flames. Rossi was different from the start, not afraid to laugh, not afraid to express himself with his graphics to his post-win plays-within-the-play to his WLF neckwear. Rossi’s been pacing himself since about 1996, winning the last 500cc title in 2001 before making the segue to 990cc four-strokes and winning four MotoGP championships in a row. And now that there’s a new wonderboy, it’s a joy to watch Vale E. Coyote try anything short of crashing to beat the kid just once; you know he would Gibernau him if only he could catch Marquez.
And Giacomo because he’s the only guy with more titles, and because at the Legends of the Motorcycle a few years ago, Ago brought his 22-years younger wife and I brought my 22-years younger GF. He winked at me, I winked at him. Simpatico! Phil Read tried to wreck our happiness but failed. Again. Greatest weekend of my life, really …